It’s been sometime coming, but The Soldier’s Wife makes its return to Brisbane for one special show on November 11 at The Old Museum.
Over the past 18 months, a small group of Queensland songwriters have embarked on a truly remarkable songwriting journey – to tell the stories of women whose partners have served in conflict over the past 60 years.
The depth of experience has been extraordinary, with those wives’ partners having served their country in conflicts from WW2 until the present day in deployments through Asia, the Pacific and The Middle East. The songwriters have talked to almost 100 women – aged from 25 to 104 years old. From varying backgrounds and conflicts, their stories all have similar themes of love, of loss, of upheaval through varying deployments, of fear for their partners whilst on deployment, of anger for the way their partners have been treated from some conflicts and suffering through their partners PTSD (and often through the children’s PTSD that is passed on) and their strength in raising their children – often on their own.
Those wives opened their hearts and bared their souls – talking about their experiences. From there, each of the artists went away and turned those stories into a group of personal, passionate and inspirational songs.
The aim of the project was simple – to give these women the opportunity to share their stories while raising the community’s awareness and understanding of their personal sacrifice and commitment. Through song they are able to be completely open, honest, and anonymous. It has been a deeply emotional experience for all involved.
The songs have since been performed live at a range of venues including the Brisbane Powerhouse, Woodford Folk Festival and most recently a sold out performance at the Sydney Opera House and Canberra Street Theatre – giving audiences the chance to hear these powerful stories first hand.
For more on the project, head to www.soldierswife.com.au.
And after a long wait, the show is coming back to Brisbane for a special presentation on remembrance day, November 11.
THE SOLDIER’S WIFE
Friday November 11 – Doors at 7:30pm
The Old Museum Brisbane
For ticket and more details, click here.